JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
MICHEL NGUIE: I wanted to be happy and feel free.
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
MN: The Bible, THTF, William Blake, lemon flavor, Stromae : Tous les mêmes, Rembrandt, chill’ in Paris, mommy, Juliette Gaudino, the color orange, Geneva, Nino Ferrer : Le Sud, Gilbert Cesbron, the idea of eternity, Basil Wolverton, Alain Auderset, the light, dogs and certainly many other things.
JC: What have you up to right now?
MN: Earlier this year I opened two exhibition in Paris, the first one is called Boarderline in le Marais area (Paris 3e) and the second one in Belleville (Paris 20e) called Petit Christ.
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
MN: I don’t think so.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
MN: Right now I’m based in Bordeaux (south of France) for the shaping aspect to be honest I don’t know, this is my native town so I suppose that it must have an important impact on what I am today.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
MN: In my part I’m self educated, I run on instinct, I make do with what I have, depending on the circumstances and opportunities that I meet on my way, so an advice : work hard, work hard, work hard…
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
MN: All? How? Which plan B? For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. If I don’t have love, I am nothing. how to consider a plan B? For misfortune? If all else fails I dare to hope that I would fight until the end.
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
MN: In my opinion photography maintains a kind of loneliness so collaborative work is complicated.